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What do we know about them?
Transcript of What do we know about them?
Why do we know so little about famous singers?
What else would you like to know about Sting?
Write down 5 questions to ask Sting.
Read the text to check your answers
How much do you know about Sting?
Discuss in pairs. Compare your answers with
What is his real name?
Where is he from?
What qualification does he have? What was his
What band did he perform with?
How many children does Sting have?
Who did he play chess with in 2000?
Now listen to the song again and complete the gaps in the lyrics with the missing verbs.
Who is this person?
What do you know about him?
Discuss in pairs.
Sting married actress Frances Tomelty from Northern Ireland, on 1 May 1976. Before they divorced in 1984, the couple had two children.
Soon after Sting married Trudie Styler and now they have 4 children. So all in all, Sting has 6 children.
To keep physically fit, for years Sting ran five miles (8 km) a day and performed aerobics. He participated in running races at Parliament Hill and charity runs similar to the British 10K. Around 1990 he met Danny Paradise who introduced him to yoga, and he later began practising regularly.
An avid chess player, Sting played Garry Kasparov in an exhibition game in 2000, along with four bandmates. Kasparov beat all five simultaneously within 50 minutes.
When asked about his religious beliefs in a 2011 interview with Time, Sting stated: "I'm essentially agnostic. I don't have a problem with God. I have a problem with religion. I've chosen to live my life without the certainties of religious faith. I think they're dangerous. Music is something that gives my life value and spiritual solace."
In January 1977, Sting moved from Newcastle to London, and soon thereafter he joined Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani to form the New Wave band the Police. Between 1978 and 1983, they released five chart-topping albums and won six Grammy Awards.
His first solo album in 1985 included the hit singles "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", "Fortress Around Your Heart", "Love Is the Seventh Wave", and "Russians". Within a year, the album reached Triple Platinum.
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (born on 2 October 1951) is better known by the stage name Sting. He is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist and actor. He was best known as the main songwriter, lead singer and bassist for the rock band The Police before starting a solo career.
His mother was a hairdresser and his father was a milkman. Young Gordon often helped his father with the early-morning milk-delivery rounds, and by the age of 10 he became "obsessed" with an old Spanish guitar that he got from his father's friend.
While at school he often sneaked into nightclubs to watch Cream and Jimi Hendri. After jobs as a bus conductor, a builder and a tax officer, he attended Northern Counties College of Education, from 1971 to 1974 and qualified as a teacher. He then worked as a schoolteacher at St. Paul's First School in Cramlington for two years
a person who is not sure whether there is God or not
Go back to the text again and write some more questions about Sting.
Test your partner's memory.
How many answers did your partner get right?
If the text didn't answer your questions, do research at home and write the answers to your own questions. Bring them back next lesson.
DO NOT PRINT OUT FROM SCREEN. WRITE IN YOUR OWN WORDS.
Listen to Sting's song and put the
pictures in the order as you hear the words.
Compare the pictures with
What is the song about?
What do you like more about it:
the tune or the lyrics?